Let us start off by saying that we are by no means "hippies". We're not that couple that hitch-hiked from Costa Rica to Venezuela with their beach dog named Marley, sporting nappy dreads and carrying more pot than deoderant. We live in Manhatttan. While we are eco-conscious and adventure-seekers, we enjoy 20 minute showers and the occasional spa treatment. While that hippie couple might love Posada Lamar, the typical resort-goer might find it a little less than what they hoped for. People need to have a healthy understanding of the term "eco-chic" in order to appreciate Posada Lamar. The price may inhibit some people who would truly enjoy the place, but those who can afford it need to be aware that this isn't an all-inclusive resort. Tulum strives to exist in harmony with the lush nature that surrounds it, so in order to preserve that balance, some concessions must be made (and perhaps even some sacrifices of some small comforts). Perhaps we may be a little biased (coming from the twinkling lights of the neighboring apartment complex and the soothing morning sounds of the garbage trucks and car alarms). However, we had a wonderful time at Posada Lamar, and think that as long as you understand what you're actually paying for (to preserve an undevoloped atmosphere that allows you to feel that you're connecting, in some small way, to nature), you'll stop whining ("I can't plug in my iPhone! My clothes are getting wrinkled!") and start relaxing.
We arrived at Posada Lamar in the dark of the night after a very trying day. We pulled up into the dirt road in our rented Jeep Wrangler (this was a great splurge on our vacation, as many of our adventures led us down unpaved roads). The hostess (possibly half of the above-mentioned "hippie" couple) led us to our room, and to be honest, at first we were a little creeped out, walking through sand paths in the "jungle". We arrived at Marfil, our cabin. With no lights, no electricity and a very long day of traveling, we quickly tucked ourselves into the mosquito net, expecting to find something out of an Indiana Jones movie clinging to the net when we awoke. We woke up uncharacteristically early the next morning, drenched in sweat. There were no bugs, but it was stifilingly hot in our cabin. Upon inspection we learned that those slats on the side of the cabin? Yeah, they open, letting in a cool ocean breeze. The somewhat spooky effect of the curtains billowing in the breeze is much preferrable to the sweat lodge effect, trust us. We woke up to watch the sun rise over the ocean. It was amazing. The beach was pristine. It was cool in the morning, but after we returned from an exploratory walk along the water, it had already warmed up. The water is beautiful.
The room is nice and clean. It's small and basic. There really isn't a place to hang anything up. Expect to live somewhat out of your suitcase. Really, though, in Tulum there's nowhere you will go that you will need your perfectly pressed khakis, so this shouldn't present a problem. The shower is enough to rinse the salt off and scrub up a bit. There's not a lot of hot water, so you might want to plan ahead. Also be prepared to send your signifigant other outside the cabin while you're...uh, making your own personal calls to nature.
The breakfast was wonderful. It consisted of fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, wonderful coffee, freshly squeezed juice, and toast with butter and jam. Yes, to some this might seem light, but if you really require bacon, eggs, and an omelette station, then you've driven about 30 miles south of the all-inclusive resorts at Playa del Carmen. Best to turn around now.
The beach is beautiful and pristine. The water is clear and blue. There are many nearby attractions that shouldn't be missed - we loved the biosphere at Sian Ka'an (the Jeep came in very handy here, as the potholes of New York have nothing on that dirt path they call a road), the nearby Tulum ruins are amazing, and we made the drive to Chichen Itza which was worth the trek (a good 3 hours away, 2 if you drive like the locals).
Overall, we had a great time at Posada Lamar. It may not be for everyone. However, with the right attitude it could be the best way to spend a little time off.
Just remember: You're on a beach. You're in Tulum. Relax.
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